Monday, July 10, 2017

Tipsy Bartender recipes for National Pina Colada Day

I feel like celebrating today.  First, the blog exceeded July 2016 then record 22,776 page views two days ago.  Second, one of the main reasons for that was the popularity of A 51st star for Puerto Rico on Flag Day, which earned nearly all of its 4311 default and 4325 raw page views after being shared at the Join The Coffee Party Movement Facebook page the night of July 3rd.  It's now the fifth most read entry in the history of the blog.  Fortunately, National Day Calendar has provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate an achievement involving Puerto Rico, National Pina Colada Day.
National Pina Colada Day is observed annually on July 10th.  The Pina Colada is a sweet, rum-based cocktail.  Along with rum, a Pina Colada includes cream of coconut and pineapple juice and is usually served blended or shaken with ice.

Pina Colada literally means ‘strained pineapple’, a reference to the freshly pressed and strained pineapple juice used in the drink.

There are different claims to the invention of the Pina Colada beginning in 1952 in San Juan, each sticking to their story.  The truth is that pineapple and rum have been together from the beginning of the distillation of rum.  The first written reference to a Pina Colada was in 1922.  This recipe, however, did not include coconut.
I know exactly where to go for recipes -- Tipsy Bartender, which has instructions on How to make the best PIÑA COLADA!

It's tropical. It's delicious and it's fun...THE PIÑA COLADA!
1 1/2 oz. (45ml) White Rum
1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Cream of Coconut
1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Pineapple Juice
Pineapple Slice
Yes, the Pina Colada is the national drink of Puerto Rico, at least according to the people who promote tourism to the Commonwealth.  That's something I didn't know before encountering the holiday.

Follow over the jump for the two most recent pina colada recipes from Tipsy Bartender plus a silly music video from The Muppet Show.

Next, Skyy presents the Blue Passion Pina Colada.

1 oz. (30ml) Rum
1 ½ oz. (45ml) Alize Blue
3 oz. (90ml) Pina Colada Mix
Pineapple Slice

1. Add ice, rum, alize blue and pina colada mix to blender and combine until slushy.
2. Pour mix into glass and garnish with pineapple slice and cherry. Enjoy responsibly!
While Skyy has lots more recipes, I'll finish today's offerings with the most recent, the Key Lime Colada.

1 oz. (30ml) Light Rum
1/2 oz. (15ml) Coconut Rum
1/2 oz. (15ml) Lime Cream Liqueur
1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Pineapple Juice
1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Pina Colada Mix
1/2 oz. (15ml) Lime Juice
1 Tbsp Cream of Coconut
Whipped Cream
Lime Wheel
Graham Cracker Crumbs

1. Add ice, liquors, juice and cream of coconut to a blender and combine until smooth.
2. Pour mix into glass and top with whipped cream, a lime wheel and graham cracker crumbs. Enjoy responsibly!
In the comments, I couldn't resist quoting the lyrics from "Coconut" -- 'Put the lime in the coconut, you drink them both up' -- hey, you had to know that was coming."  Speaking of which, I'm concluding this entry with The Muppet Show: Put the Lime in the Coconut.

That was fun.

I'm not done.  Tomorrow is National Mojito Day.  Stay tuned.

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